Kelvin expected to weaken overnight

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Tropical Cyclone Kelvin has made landfall, crossing the coast near Anna Plains as a category 2 tropical cyclone between 6am and 8am this morning, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

BoM has advised there is a Warning Zone for Broome to Wallal Downs, extending inland to the far east Pilbara to include Telfer and the far west Kimberley.

A warning released this afternoon at 9am said the cyclone is classified as Category 2 with sustained winds near the centre of 110 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 155 kilometres per hour.

The storm is currently estimated to be 60 kilometres south southwest of Bidyadanga and travelling east at 11 kilometres per hour.

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“Kelvin will weaken overnight as it continues to move inland. Damaging winds may persist to the east of the centre once the system weakens below tropical cyclone intensity.”

Very heavy rainfall is likely in the east Pilbara and tides between Broome and Wallal Downs are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark.

People in or near Bidyadanga to Sandfire including Bidyadanga are on Red Alert and need to go to shelter immediately.

People between Broome and Bidyadanga but not including Broome are on Yellow Alert, and also between Sandfire and Wallal but not including Sandfire, need to take action and get ready to shelter from a cyclone.

More weather advise will be released at noon today.

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